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April 25, 1959 – Aug. 18, 2013

Theodore C. Donner, highway superintendent for the Town of Clarence, died Sunday in his Clarence home after a year’s illness. He was 54.

Born in Clarence, he was a graduate of Williamsville North High School and Buffalo State College, earning a degree in mechanical engineering.

Mr. Donner worked for Seitz Paving Co. while in college, then in purchasing for Bell Aerospace, Comptek Research and Calspan Corp., where as a contracts administrator he oversaw contractors and their employees.

He began working with the Clarence Highway Department in 1995 as a general crew chief and became deputy highway superintendent in 1997. He was elected superintendent in 2004 to fill the remaining year of Ronald Witnauer’s term and was re-elected in 2005 and 2009.

Mr. Donner was a former member of the Clarence Zoning Board of Appeals and ran unsuccessfully for town tax receiver in 1993.

He lived in his grandparents’ homestead and enjoyed farming, raising cows and driving tractors.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, the former Kathleen Trombley; a son, Theodore E.; two daughters, Abigail and Emily; two brothers, John and Michael; and a sister, Alayne.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Mary Catholic Church, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville.